A colleague asked me to recommend some school websites built on SharePoint, that they could share with others. After I’d finished it for him, I thought I’d pop it into a PowerPoint for others - and then go further by popping up a quick blog post too. Here’s my take on 10 School SharePoint websites that are worth looking at for design ideas and inspiration - or simply because you want to nudge another colleague towards seeing that SharePoint beauty can start at skin deep.
Click on any of them to link to the live website
Note: The reason I listed this twice isn’t me cheating - I simply wanted to make sure that you saw their amazing interactive curriculum pages, and I know you’d kick yourself if you hadn’t seen it at No.1
Download the PowerPoint version of Top 10 School SharePoint websites
here is one of the best sharepoint 2010 site post on this blog.
Here is a great SharePoint 2013 website http://www.fhs.vic.edu.au
Here is a SharePoint 2013 website made for a High School in Belgium: www.vinci.be/.../Accueil.aspx
Thanks for the information..my brother at West Hatch High School, Essex.
Oh what changes a few years make!
the 1st one on the list (Twynham) looks pretty but has such minimal info (for example, the "parent gateway" only has a log in page, no instructions, no mention of how to get an account, nothing.
West Hatch isn't even there anymore! when I found it at a different address it is obviously mobile-only with everything full-width and no formatting.
Wootton Basset just clocks for me, never did load
You should redo the list, there is more interest then ever for redesigning school websites to look good both for web browsers and mobile browsers/apps.
It's a good point Mark, but the challenge for me is that I wrote the original blog post at the end of 2010 and it took a huge amount of time to do the research, and so much has changed in the intervening five years - for example, massive web services like Instagram hadn't even been invented when I wrote the list originally!
I don't think I'm going to find the time to update the list, but I'm equally reluctant to just delete the blog post. What do others think I should do?
The concepts/content is still basically sound, and as you said in the interview about "best practice" advice for SharePoint in education, start with the purpose in mind, and make it look amazing. These two points help solve the major hurdle with adoption by users.